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Jul-19-2018

How to Adjust to Downsizing

Posted by creatingyourspace under Hints and Tips

If you are used to living in a big home, the thought of downsizing can be an overwhelming and downright stressful experience. City dwellers often understand that downsizing will lead to compromising their wants for their needs. To avoid living in clutter, we have some important tips that homeowners should consider when they are planning on downsizing. 

How to Adjust to Downsizing: 

1. Make a Plan.

If you know that you are going to be downsizing, it is best to plan ahead of time. Get together with the members of your household and plan your goals for the move. Make sure everyone is in agreement before moving ahead with the process.

2. Consider The Layout.

Your new home’s layout is crucial to the moving process. Some items in your current home may not fit into your new space. You will need to take into account each room’s size and the items that you will be able to take. Most of the time, downsizing means you cannot take everything. You will have to get rid of some of your items but try to sell them in a garage sale. If you sell your items, you can use the extra cash to purchase a more feasible item for the space. 

3. Stay Positive.

Compromising will be a part of downsizing. If you are moving to the city, you are compromising space for lifestyle. Try to stay positive in the move! Think about a fresh start as a new adventure rather than a frustrating task. 

4. Maintain.

The worse thing that can happen is allowing clutter to accumulate after you have just moved into your new space. You will need to maintain a “small space mindset” while you are shopping. It is easy to overpack your new place with unnecessary items, but remember that the move gave you a chance to purge all your old belongings. Try not to start a cluttered lifestyle. 

5. Multifunction.

Small spaces can be made better with multifunctional furniture. Try to incorporate items that can serve several purposes.

6. Have a Buddy.

Sometimes, we need to be told to get rid of stuff. There may be some things that you think are essential to keep but in reality, it is not necessary for the move. Have a friend or family member with you while you pack to help determine the necessities. 

We hope you have a successful move and adjust well to downsizing. If you ever need new flooring, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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Jul-18-2018

Decorating with Area Rugs

Posted by creatingyourspace under Area Rugs

Does your open concept living room lack excitement and that desired “wow” factor? Often times as homeowners, we overlook some of the most simple and basic design tips that will solve our challenges. By introducing an area rug to the room, you can complete the room and tie together various pieces by anchoring and defining the entire room. Area rugs not only define the room they also add texture, color, and style to any room. We know that not everyone has “mad” design skills, so please use these tips to unleash the design diva in you!
 
Decorating with Area Rugs: 
  • Color Scheme. 

Utilizing an area rug is a simple and inexpensive way to add color to the room and create a focal point. Also, if you are purchasing an area rug after the fact of purchasing furniture, you can introduce an accent color through the use of a rug.

  • Definition.

Area rugs are the creative way to define space in one or more rooms. If you have an open concept family room with a dining area, you can define the space with complimentary area rugs. Keep in mind that the design function of this room is to accommodate a seating and conversation area, and the other is for dining and gathering.

  • Texture & Layers.

If you have hardwood or ceramic/stone floors, area rugs add a sense of warmth, color, and definition to the room. What if you have wall to wall carpeting? Adding an area rug on top of carpeting will create a sense of layers while adding color and style. We are sure you have noticed the recent trend of bringing natural fibers into the design. Natural fiber rugs add texture and layers to the room without breaking the budget.

  • Unconventional Uses. 

Do you have a large wall that needs that something special, but you are unsure of what to hang? Area rugs are perfect for unconventional wall art. You can make your own rug hanger with rough wood scraps, or take a trip to your local hardware store. Hardware stores will cut wood framing for the hanger to your size specifications. Also, you can leave the wood natural, stain, or paint it, according to the design of the room and its aesthetic. Keep in mind, to add a little architectural punch, try screwing rod finials into the ends of your wooden hanger. If you do not want to make your own, simply visit stores that sell drapery hardware. Use a heavy fishing line to hand sew a rod pocket (similar to a drapery rod pocket) on one end of the rug. Run your hanger through the rod pocket. If you are hanging a large heavy rug, make sure to hang with sturdy anchors and utilize drilling anchors into wall studs if possible.

 
Please do not overlook purchasing a rug pad. A pad will prevent the rug from sliding and extend its life. As always, we would love to be your chosen flooring provider. Stop by our showroom or call us for more information and pricing. We look forward to working with you. 
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Jul-12-2018

Figuring out Your Furniture Layout

Posted by creatingyourspace under Design and Decorating

When you move into a new space, one of the most formidable tasks that you will face is furniture arrangement.  Awkward room layouts and confide spaces can limit you to your initial intentions and expectations of your furniture blueprints.  Living rooms with multiple entrances, poorly placed windows, or fireplaces on a none-focal-point wall can cause many dilemmas in arranging your furniture.  Do you have your couch facing the television or the fireplace?  Do you block a window or use it for the room’s focal point?  We cannot determine every situation, but here are five helpful tips when arranging your furniture to compliment your room’s aesthetic appeal.

  • Focal Point.

Every room should have one center of interest or a “focal point,” which the room is designed around.  In a living room, usually a fireplace, window, or television is a focal point of the room.  Maybe your living room is set up for the television to conveniently go above the fire mantle or maybe you are less fortunate, and your television has to be hooked up on the opposing wall.  Which point of the room do you make a focal point?  Try thinking outside of the box, instead of facing a couch directly towards one or the other, have two couches running parallel from one another and perpendicular from each focal point.  This can allow for fireside seating well-accommodating everyone in the room to see the television.  A window can also make great focal points to rooms.  If two couches make a room feel clustered, maybe switch to two individual chairs and one love seat. Do not let finding you focal point a daunting task.  Pick a focal point and design your room around it.

  • Spacious Floor Planning.

Be cognitive of the blueprint of the room.  People in different cultures have different comfort zones, where they like to sit when talking to each other.  Seating should not be too close or too far away to carry on a conversation in the room.  Consider seating no further than eight to twelve feet from a focal point while viewing angles should be no more than thirty degrees.  Make sure end tables and coffee tables are not out of reach from seating as well.  People also like an easy entrance and exit from a room so consider not letting your space become too cluttered.

  • Irregular Design.

If you have a room with two or more entrance points, it can really challenge the room’s Feng Shui.  Feng Shui is how easily you can allow energy to flow through the room.  Think of every object in your room as having a purpose and giving off energy.  You do not want to block or challenge the energy from flowing through the room.  If you have multiple entryways, consider a large walkway around all ends of the furniture.  Each seat should be able to see the room’s designated focal point.  Something as simple as a rug can be placed in the room to get boundaries and allude walking paths. 

  • Windows and Lighting.

Be careful of what you block.  The natural light provided by a window and light from fixtures help give a room a larger appeal.  Allow light to hit all ends of the room, and try not to make it feel brighter or darker in certain areas.  This will allow your space to feel complete and harmonized.  Windows can also make grand focal points in a room.  Do not hesitate not using a television as a focal point and allowing your window to become your center of interest.

  • Storage.

If you are limited on space, consider multiple-purpose storage seating.  This will allow you to have more in your room by taking up less space.  Storage is essential to giving your room a less cluttered look.  Seating with storage compartments below is perfect for keeping your home mess-free.  Invest in shelving with storage bins to put goods in when you are not using them.  Do not limit your space if another item can serve multiple purposes.  Be cognitive of everything you put in your room to keep it from feeling overly congregated.

Do not get stressed about arranging your room.  You can always rearrange a room and try it out for a couple weeks.  Find an arrangement that best suits these tips to have your room feeling spacious and lively.  For more great tips and tricks, visit us at https://blog.carpetsnmore.com/?cat=9. 

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Jul-11-2018

The Perfect Summer Color Palette

Posted by creatingyourspace under Design and Decorating

Summer has a certain feeling associated with it. Typically affiliated with happy thoughts, summer brings a refreshing, airy vibe along with it. If you are looking to capture this fun and effervescent feeling indoors, we have five color ideas to create the perfect summer palette. 

The Perfect Summer Color Palette: 

1. Muted Pastels. 

When you think of summer colors, you probably first think of bright colors. While they are fun and encapsulating, we recommend trying out muted pastels inside of your home. Muted pastels help to add color into the space without demanding attention. They are beautiful yet subtle which makes them the perfect summer palette choice for a transition. Design experts call this look “the grown-up summer palette” because it incorporates widely-loved colors with sophistication. 

2. Pure White and Tan. 

Another adult favorite is white and tan. The mixture of these two colors creates a simply beautiful space. It is effortless perfection and works well for homeowners who are new to the design game. Luckily, pairing other items and decor pieces with this color scheme will seem like a breeze to the homeowner. 

3. Sunset Hues. 

We like to refer to peach and yellow as our sunset hues. These two colors together create an absolutely stunning space. With peach and yellow, you are given the opportunity to add a little more color into the space without overwhelming the room. These two colors practically melt into one another, creating a must-have space. 

4. Coastal Blues and White. 

If you are an ocean lover, you may be all for this nautically-inspired palette. Coastal blues consist of light blues, blue-greens, and navy blues to create a unified color scheme. They help to make the space feel light and open by creating a more summery feel inside your home. 

5. Light Pink and Mint. 

If you are a lover of colors, light pink and mint may just be the perfect color scheme for you. This beautifully matched palette creates for a more stylish space while the colors blend seamlessly. This color scheme is perfect if you want to embrace the fun, bright nature of summer while adding a stylish element to your home.  

Which summer palette could you see yourself using? We would love to hear in the comment section! 

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Jul-5-2018

How to Create an Accent Wall without Paint

Posted by creatingyourspace under Design and Decorating

When done right, an accent wall is the first thing that will capture the eye’s attention when entering a space. Are you interested in creating an epic accent wall in your living space but you are nervous about using paint on your walls? Do not fret. What many homeowners do not know is that you can make any wall a focal point by using an array of other materials besides paint. Here are some great alternative materials that you can use to accent a wall: 
 
1. Artwork.
Perhaps the easiest way to make an accent wall is through the use of artwork. Whether it is a single piece of artwork or a montage of images, populating a blank wall with your favorite visuals can be a striking way to create a focal point within a space. From gallery walls to intriguing art pieces, you can quickly and easily provide a focal point inside of your space.
 
2. Textile.
If you have oversized windows, you can make them a focal point by dressing them in curtains. Stylish window treatments help to add a dramatic flair. Additional types of textiles can be used to accent the space (i.e tapestry or a carpet). Consider mounting it over a couch or even above your bed for a unique look. The use of textiles can help add color and provide texture inside of your space. You can even make a statement by selecting a textile featuring a bold pattern.
 
3. Plants.
You can accent a wall with hints of nature by bringing in greenery and lining the wall with your favorite types of plants. Plus, plants can help reduce anxiety by creating a sense of tranquility in the room. In addition, your greenery wall can make you feel like you have an outdoor space which sometimes can be lost for city dwellers.
 
4. Tiles.
We are used to seeing tiles on bathrooms and kitchen walls but try using this material in different rooms of your house. You can even use different tile designs or experiment with different colors to create the perfect look. Tile can be a great option, especially in rooms that experience a lot of foot traffic since tile can be very low maintenance. Unlike paint, tile is not easily scuffed and it can handle normal wear and tear, making it perfect for an accent wall. 
 
For more expert tips and tricks, be sure to visit our blog hub at https://blog.carpetsnmore.com/?cat=9. 
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Jul-3-2018

Hardwood Flooring Trends

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As you may know, hardwood is one of the most popular flooring choices for homeowners. Its authentic touch and elegant feel help to make it a number one choice. With the market overflowing with options for homeowners, you may find it a little difficult to narrow down your search. To help you, we have created a guide with five of the most popular hardwood flooring trends this year. Let’s take a look. 

Hardwood Flooring Trends:

1. Light Washes. 

From breezy whites to soft grays, light washes have become a popular hardwood flooring choice for homeowners. It embodies an antique aesthetic and adds a touch of rustic charm to homes. Plus, the light color scheme can help to open up your space and make it feel bigger. 

2. Wide Planks. 

The width of planks takes it back to old school, 19th-century homes. Wider planks have recently become a trendy statement because of its intriguing visual appeal. With wide planks, you are able to see more of wood which in essence, is more visually attractive. If you are on board with this trendy look, try using planks with a width of at least 5 inches. 

3. Texturized.

Add interest and style into your home with textured hardwood. This look helps to create a vintage and rustic look. The detailed strokes of the wood help to create authenticity and styke, making it the perfect finishing touch in any space. 

4. Golden Hues.

Warm tones can help create a cozy and comfortable environment and hardwood floors have taken note. With honey-toned hardwood, you can help add natural warmth to your home’s interior. These golden hues can also work well to balance off your cool-tone metals and accent pieces. 

5. Naturally Inspired. 

With a focus on environmental conversation, manufacturers have created hardwood from reclaimed wood, recycled pieces, and other materials found in nature. If you are a nature lover, reclaimed wood may be the perfect choice for your home.  

Are you interested in viewing some of the trends we mentioned? You can visit our online showroom at https://www.carpetsnmore.com/hardwoodcatalog#pageIndex=0 to see our wide selection of hardwood. Let us know if you have any questions! 

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Jun-28-2018

How to Decorate with Black

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When you think of decorating with the color black, do you get intimidated? Black is known for being a dramatic, dark color that can add contrast in your space. If done properly, black can create clean lines and enhance your space’s design. To create inspiration for you, we have made a simple guide on how to decorate with the color black. We hope you enjoy! 

How to Decorate with Black

  • Gallery Wall. Set your artwork apart by painting your gallery wall black. You can make each piece of art stand out and add a beautiful contrast to your space. A blacked out gallery wall can work well in areas like your dining room, living room, and even common areas. 
  • Go Bold or Go Home. If you are up for the challenge, you can paint every wall black in a room. This concept may be extremely intimidating for some homeowners but we believe you can make it work. A master bedroom may be the perfect place for a completely black room. We just encourage homeowners to decorate with lighter colors and allow natural light to flow into the space. If you like to sleep in the pitch black, this may be the perfect option for you! 
  • Beautiful Fixtures. If your heart is not set on having all black walls, you can incorporate black fixtures throughout your space. Black chandeliers, light fixtures, shower heads, etc. can be used to create a sleek, clean look throughout your home. 
  • Timeless Furniture. Another way to add black throughout your home is to buy black furniture. Black couches and love seats are stunning pieces to add to your living room design. You can also incorporate a black dining room table and end tables for more of a timeless look. 
  • Patterned Vibes. If you are nervous about going all in with the black decor, you can start off small. Incorporate black-themed patterns throughout your home starting with the curtains and bedspreads. You can even purchase fabric chairs for your dining room in a black pattern to ease into the design. 
  • Wow’d byWallpaper. Let your bathroom stand out by incorporating black wallpaper into the design. You can use a beautiful patterned black to add elegance and sophistication to your bathroom without overwhelming the space. 
  • Let There Be Light. An essential part of decorating with black is to make sure that you allow light to flow into the space. Black can make bedrooms and other rooms extremely dark during the daylight hours. To add contrast, open the space up with windows and extra light fixtures. 
  • Elegant Floors. The best and last way you can decorate with black is to buy black or dark flooring. Personally, we love black flooring because it adds elegance and depth to a space. Plus, it creates a clean and modern look that homeowners love! 

Elegant, black flooring is just a phone call away! Do not hesitate, we would love to help transform your home into a beautiful oasis.

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Jun-26-2018

Six Ways to Refresh any Room in Your Home

Posted by creatingyourspace under Design and Decorating

Whether it is your living room or your bedroom, you may be interested in giving the space a new look. But perhaps, you do not necessarily have to have a big budget to redo the entire area. That is why we recommend launching small, speedy projects that will allow you to freshen up the room’s look without breaking the bank. By simply switching things around a bit and dabbling in a few do-it-yourself projects, you can satisfy that need for change without launching a full out makeover. To help you, we have provided six ways that you can refresh any room in your home. Let’s take a look! 
 
Six Ways to Refresh any Room in Your Home:
 
1. Lay Down an Area Rug. 
If you have been flirting with the idea of placing an area rug down in your space, consider borrowing one from another room just to take the idea for a test run. By seeing how the area rug will look visually inside of your room, you can get a better understanding of what works for the space. Once you have a better idea of what it will look like, be sure to browse our online selection at https://bit.ly/2tykUvG. 
 
2. Create an Accent Wall.
Make a statement in a bland powder room or even the hallway by adding a strip of wallpaper featuring a standout pattern or color. Smaller spaces like the bathroom or a narrow hallway can be an ideal place to experiment with color, patterns, and textures.
 
3. Paint The Door.
Add an unexpected pop of color to your room by painting the door. First, you will want to start off by rubbing the door down with sandpaper to create a smooth surface then you will apply a coat of paint. Paint and supplies tend to be inexpensive, leaving room for more creativity in your design. 
 
4. Create a Headboard with Paint.
Does your bed lack a headboard? Why not create a panel behind your bed to mimic the look of a headboard? You can get the perfect square panel by using professional-grade painter’s tape to outline the area. The tape will prevent the color from bleeding and it helps you paint a sharp edge for the headboard’s outline.
 
5. Rearrange Furnishings.
It is easy to get tired of the look of a room, especially if you have lived in the space for a long time. We recommend switching things up by rearranging the furniture in the room. You can swap out furniture pieces from different rooms and add in new pieces to create a brand new look. 
 
6. Display a Collection.
Consider taking your knick-knacks and creating a display of it. You can install hooks on the wall to show off a collection. Photographs, framed paintings and other items can take a whole new life when you elevate them. Plus, when you run your display up the wall, it can help elongate the space and make the room look taller.
 
We hope you enjoyed these six ways that you can refresh any room in your home. Let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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Jun-21-2018

How to Properly Clean Your Tile Floors

Posted by creatingyourspace under Tile

After investing in gorgeous tile floors for your home, you want to keep them beautiful and in pristine condition. To help you keep your floors in tip-top shape, we have created a fast and easy guide for cleaning your tile floors. Let us get started!  

How to Properly Clean Your Tile Floors: 

Step No. One: Sweep or Vacuum

You will want sweep or vacuum your tile floors regularly to remove any dirt or debris from the top layer. The dirt can eventually dull the look of your tile; therefore, regular upkeep will help it look better for longer.

Step No. Two: Mop.

In a large bucket, mix together mild detergent with hot water. After, you will want to mop your entire tile floors with rag or chamois mop. Avoid using a sponge mop for this surface because it can get your dirty water into your grout line. 

  • Pro-Tip: You will want to frequently change out the mop water whenever it begins to get cloudy or murky.  

Step No. Three: Focus on The Grout

Grout is an important part of the overall look of your tile. A lot of homeowners will not focus on cleaning the grout and this will leave the tile look grungy and unkept. In fact, your grout can absorb a lot of unwanted stains, oils, and greases, but the solution is easy. You will want to create a natural paste by mixing together equal parts baking soda and water. Once you have mixed the ingredients into a paste, you will want to take a toothbrush and scrub it into the stained area. Let this mixture sit on the grout overnight. In the morning, you will want to take a “stiff nylon brush” and scrub the grouted area. If stains continue to persist, you can buy a silicone-based grout sealer to help avoid future staining. 

Disclaimer: Before ever cleaning any of your floors, you will want to consult with the manufacturer’s guidebook or website. Each flooring can be a little different and you always want to make sure you are using the correct method. 

For more tips and tricks, be sure to check out our blog page at https://blog.carpetsnmore.com. 

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Jun-19-2018

4 Ways to Use Carpet in Your Bathroom

Posted by creatingyourspace under Area Rugs

We cherish carpet for its plush and cozy features. The softness helps to make it feel like heaven to our feet. Plus, it can instantly transform the entire look of a space and make it feel much more inviting to guests. While wall to wall carpeting may not be ideal for the bathroom, it does not mean that you cannot include an area rug in this space. In fact, many people are replacing traditional bath mats with bold patterns and diverse area rugs. A nice area rug can be just the update you were wanting!

Check out these simple ways you can use an area rug in your home’s bathroom: 
 
1. Use a Cork Material. 
To transform your bathroom with an area rug, be sure to use a material that does not give off “bathroom” vibes. An area rug produced from a cork material does not just provide a rustic feel but it has a softer underfoot, making it more comfortable. Homeowners are also choosing cork because it is a sustainable material that many find easy to keep clean. You can take the look even further by installing cork flooring in the bathroom and placing a cork mat in your desired spot.
 
2. Go Big or Go Home.
If you have a open and spacious layout, a small area rug just will not do. Using a large area rug to accent the space will instantly warm up the room. If the dominant colors in the bathroom are neutral, be sure to select a large area rug that features a bold hue or pattern.
 
3. Play with Color and Patterns. 
Do not be afraid of playing with color and patterns when shopping for the perfect bathroom area rug. Just like any room in the house, such designs are much more powerful in spaces that use a lot of neutral-based colors. Besides color and pattern, you can also go bold with size. The accented area rug should be big enough to see from the entrance of the bathroom.
 
If you are having trouble deciding what color to go with, you can always get inspired by a color that has already been used within the space. When it comes to patterns, black and white designs go with every style; however, do not be afraid to explore different types of patterns.
 
4. Try a Faux Fur Rug.
For a unique look, you can opt for a faux fur or hide rug. Such materials add luxury and additional layers of comfort. While choosing an area rug, try to find one that harmonizes with the design theme. Faux fur tends to be very versatile.

Are you interested in finding the perfect area rug for your bathroom? We would love to help you find the perfect fit. Contact us today for more information. 

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